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Nobody's On Vacation

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Nobody’s gone to the beach and will be back for a special holiday episode next week. Music on this bonus episode recorded by King Ben Nawahi in the 1920s.


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44. Friends

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"How do you know when you truly have a friend?"

Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Joanna Kessler asked this episode's question. Nobody was injured during the making of this episode. Somebody knows nothing about it.


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43. Repetition

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"How many times must I hear something false before I start believing that it's true?"

Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Rebecca Kanach asked this episode's question. Music by the Columbia Saxophone Sextette, recorded in 1919. Nobody won a Peabody for producing this episode. Somebody spent all the prize money on seven things. Anybody can write and guess what they were. Everybody who includes an address will get a prize.

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42. Numbers

"Why is the third time the charm?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody.

This episode's questions were asked and recorded by Danny Leo, Michele Rosenthal, Morgão Papelão, Amy Smith, Heather Houde, Loren Groenendaal, Heidi Kay, Sharon Wasko, Alanna Bozman, Lizzie Burrows, TJ McGlinchey, and Sasha Wright. Ariel Ben Amos chose this episode's number.

"Ein, Zwei, Drei und Vier (Glücklich Bin Ich Nur Mit Dir)" written by the Comedian Harmonists and recorded here by Fred Bird in 1932. Gamelan music performed by the Gong of Belaluan in 1928. "Auld Lang Syne" recorded by Japan's Imperial Navy Concert Band in 1910. Somebody knows the rest.

Julius Masri neither recorded a question nor any music for this episode, but has plenty of both questions and music. Thanks to Jonathan Pfeffer for ringing our bell, and to the late Bob Dorough for doing the math.

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41. Questing

"What kind of question should I ask?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Jen Kinney asked these questions. Music performed by the Stick & Rag Village Orchestra in 2005. Additional percussion courtesy of Kevin Hall and made available via freesound.org. Nobody knows? Somebody knows better.

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40. Tails

"Why does a dog wag their tail when happy, chase their tail when bored, and what's the origin of 'a piece of' tail?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Jerold “Papa” Rosenthal asked these questions in conversation with Benjamin “Ace Mensch” Rosenthal. Klezmer music recorded in 1939 by the State Ensemble for Jewish Folk Music of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Romany music recorded c. 1930s by a group of unknown musicians, “Old Time Blues” recorded in 1921 by Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds. Scurrying dog recorded by Kat7777 in 2017 and made available via freesound.org.

This special episode is dedicated to the memory of Papa Rosenthal and all the tails he shared.


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39. Jokes

"What's the funniest joke in the world?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Scott Sheppard asked this question. Somebody boycotted the podcast for a week because it switched to a fortnightly release schedule without notice. Nobody cares.

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38. Selfish

"Are humans inherently selfish?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Pedro Molteni asked this episode’s question. And anybody can ask Nobody a question. If you have a question that Nobody can answer, click the button below.


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37. Time

"Why does time pass faster as you get older??"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Meg Kassabaum asked this episode’s question.

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36. Verboten

"What's the difference between friends and more?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Gina Saltina asked this question. Somebody has been living underground for 17 years, just waiting for that last lucky musical moment in the open air.

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35. Patience

"Is patience just complicity?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Tom Foran asked this question. Music by I Tre Antonio della Basilicata recorded in 1927.

Tired of spending 5 full days of your life sitting at red lights? Somebody advises spending 5 full days sitting at yellow lights instead.

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34. Apocalypse

"What is a silver lining to the apocalypse?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Pablo Andres Baeza asked this question.. Somebody doesn't mind a can of cat food for dinner every now and then. 

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33. Modifiers

"Which develops young minds better: adjectives or adverbs?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Alma Sheppard-Matsuo asked this question. Music composed by Erik Satie in 1888, John Cage in 1952, and Rock/Paper/Scissors in 1999. 

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32. Weltschmerz

"How much of the past should we let go of in order to stay present, but still understand how we got here?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Jo Doberstein asked this episode’s question. Maurice Maréchal played the cello and released this music on a wax cylinder in 1922. Jonathan Pfeffer eats out of singing bowls. Somebody will always stick their hand in the hole.

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31. Corruption

"Is it possible to be an ethical person working within a corrupt system?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Ann Stromgren asked the question. Somebody listens to Malvina Reynolds records when Nobody is around. Go find Malvina's song "The Little Mouse" to get the story straight.

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30. Lightning

"If nobody hears this podcast, then did anybody ask a question?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody, and real-mensch production help from Ben "Big Shoulders" Rosenthal. This episode features the voices of Deborah Zuchman, Patrick Andrews, Kylin Metler, David Brick, Scott Blackshire, Dale Nelson, Scott Rosenthal, Michele Rosenthal, and Janet Finegar asking Nobody their questions. Thanks to Neil deGrasse Tyson for the bell, and to Jonathan Pfeffer for recording it. Somebody takes a zither to bed, even though it's a little bit out of tune.

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29. Depression

"What do you do when you're down in the dumps?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Adrienne Mackey and Sunny Blippers asked the questions. Sam Moore played the 8-string guitar on "Laughing Rag" in 1922, sometimes along with Horace Davis on 6-string guitar, other times with Frank Banta on piano. Somebody brought the stationary bicycle, the dog, and the loudly snoring person back into the studio to celebrate for the last daily episode of the season. Nobody can wait for the new weekly schedule to kick in.


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28. Déjà-vu

"What causes déjà-vu?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Dane Pangonis asked the question and even showed up to hear the answer in person. Somebody has a hookup for free photocopies.


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27. Choice

"Why do one thing rather than another thing?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. David Evan Krebs asked the question. Bohumir Kryl and Leroy Haines played the cornet and trombone in 1903. Sam Jones debuted as Stovepipe No. 1 two decades later. Somebody is having tea with the crickets.


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26. Insomnia

"I have severe insomnia. What should I do?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. George Russel asked the question. Professor Walter Fischer played the organ at the Berlin Cathedral, accompanied by Wolfgang Josephi on violin in 1922.


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